With the advent of the #MeToo movement, the time is right to hold serious conversations not only about sexual harassment and assault but more generally about the complexity of relationships between men and women. While we must examine the dichotomy that some men display between their professed attitudes and their actual behavior toward women, we must also leave room for open-ended conversations where men and women can be honest, forthright, and open-minded. As the movement unfolds, more questions than answers arise. How do we determine whether that awkward joke was truly inappropriate? If I want to report something I have seen or heard, to whom do I report it? How can we guard against false accusations and/or retaliation for reporting? What about the man who has been harassed by a woman? Should someone who is accused be fired immediately? And so on. There are so many questions with few clear answers. Until we can get to a point where everyone feels that they can be truly heard, not only by their peers, but by the opposite gender, it will be hard to make progress and answer these difficult questions.

  1. How do you think our culture treats the bodies of women vs. men?
  2. In what ways does our culture hurt men? Women?
  3. What common phrases within our language support misogyny or misandry?
  4. What are some ways that you can personally make a commitment to improving gender relations?

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